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Canvas How-To: Sending Messages to your class

This post is part of a series on how to navigate and interact with the new Canvas LMS at the University of Oregon. Today’s topic is on sending messages to your class using Canvas.

Process

First, log in to your Canvas courses using your DuckID and password.

Click on the Inbox link next to your name.

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The Inbox will show all messages for all course you’re enrolled in (as student, teacher, TA, etc.)

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Click on the Compose New Message icon (marked in red above) to proceed.

In the dialog box that pops up:

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  1. Select the course and your audience
  2. Type in a subject line
  3. If you are sending messages to all of your students, be sure to select the Send Individual Messages checkbox so that your students aren’t able to see each other’s email addresses.
  4. Body of your message
  5. Attach a file or record an audio or video message
  6. Click Send to proceed.

All messages drafted and sent in Canvas will notify your audience through their University email addresses and their other devices depending upon their Canvas notifications settings. Students and instructors can reply back through their email clients without having to log into Canvas.